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        Production of fatty acids from CO, hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, nitro compounds, and metal alkyls is discussed.  The problem of fat acid synthesis by oxidation of paraffins has already been solved.  The following 3 processes should be considered for commercial production:  (a) Potash fusion of chlorinated hydrocarbons; (b) high-pressure hydrogenation of CO; and (c) saponification of aliphatic nitro compounds.  The advantage of these is that the raw materials are of the gas-oil type and are byproducts, which are cheaper than paraffins.